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Uwaleke defiles Government order, holds Iriji festival

Uneasy calm enveloped Obibi Uratta autonomous community in Owerri North Council Area of Imo State following the celebration of "Ezuruezu" cultural festival organized by one Chief Amobi Uwaleke which was contrary to the decision of the state government.

It could be recalled that Imo state government through the office of its Secretary, Engr Mark Uchendu had earlier directed that no cultural event be it Ezuruezu or Iriji festival should take place in Obibi Uratta pending when government resolves ezeship crisis in the area.

It was learnt that Engr Uchendu last Friday told newsmen that Obibi Uratta has no traditional ruler, maintaining that anybody who parades himself as the monarch of the community does that at his own risk.

Meanwhile, Chief Uwaleke defiled government's directives by holding the "Ezuruezu" festival on Saturday, December 15, 2018, an event he seized to mark Iriji in a grand style as an authentic traditional ruler of the community.

However, concerned citizens of Obibi Uratta community have called on Imo state Government and Chairman of the State Council of Ndieze, HRM Eze Samuel Agunwa Ohiri to quickly take action against Chief Uwaleke so as to avert bloodshed in the area.

Although, Chief Uwaleke had earlier told journalists that he got letter of recognition as traditional ruler of Obibi Uratta community from the immediate past secretary to the Government of Imo state, Sir George Eche as directed by Governor Rochas Okorocha.

When contacted via cell phone to ascertain the authenticity of the alleged letter of recognition received by Chief Uwaleke, Eche declined answering his calls as he did not reply the text message sent to him.

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